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Older people with more friends do better at preventive health
by Lisa Rapaport

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27 September 2018

On 27 September 2018 Reuters reported: Older adults with bigger social networks of family members and close friends may be better at staying on top of recommended preventive health screenings and checkups than their more isolated peers, a UK study suggests. Researchers surveyed 5,362 adults born in 1946 in England, Scotland, and Wales about their social relationships 24 times over several decades, until they were aged 68 to 69 years. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

... Social isolation has long been linked to poorer physical and mental health as people age. The current study offers fresh evidence that the quality and quantity of close social relationships, and shifts in these relationships over time, may influence how much people focus on preventive health, the authors write in The Lancet Public Health.

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